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Visiting Professors 2016

Every year, as part of the activities dedicated to the internationalization of research, Sapienza University hosts a number of internationally renowned visiting professors from some of the best universities and research centers around the world.

The following professors are currently collaborating at Sapienza University:


Foto Prof. Ghislaine Gayraud





Professor Ghislaine Gayraud - Université de Technologie de Compiègne and INSEE-CREST Paris (France). Visiting Professor from 29/01/2016 to 29/02/2016

During her stay as visiting professor at Sapienza MEMOTEF Department, Prof. Gayraud will collaborate with Prof. Lea Petrella and Prof. Mauro Bernardi on previous statistical works on quantiles. More specifically, they will investigate the problem of inferring quantiles using a Bayesan quantile regression framework and, in a nonparametric case, the study of the frequentist properties of the Bayesian procedure.


Foto Prof. Du





Professor Xiaoqin Du - Università di Pechino (China). Visiting Professor from 14/02/2016 to 14/03/2016

Prof. Du will spend one month at Sapienza University, invited by Prof. Paolo De Troia. During his visit, Prof. Du will participate in a research project on Teaching Classical Chinese History at the Institute of Oriental Studies.


Professor Marc Hanheide - University of Lincoln (UK). Visiting professor from 22/02/2016 to 27/05/2016

Prof. Hanheide was invited by prof. Daniele Nardi and will spend 3 months at Sapienza Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering. During this time, he will teach in the lecture "Learning in Autonomous Systems" as well as in seminars on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. This visit will also provide opportunities for research collaborations in long-term autonomy and for the identification of future joint bids in H2020 and other relevant calls.


Professor Teodor Gabriel Crainic - CIRRELT and School of Management, U. du Québec (Canada). Visiting Professor from 12/03/2016 to 24/04/2016

Professor Teodor Gabriel Crainic, invited by Prof. Nicoletta Ricciardi, will be hosted by the Department of Statistical Sciences. Professor Crainic will collaborate on a research project focused on Transportation and Logistics systems, and particularly on City Logistics. The goal of this project is to develop models to reduce the negative impacts of freight transportation and logistics on city-living conditions, particularly in terms of congestion/mobility, pollution and interference with people activities, while continuing to support the social and economic development of the city. 


Foto Prof. Wessel





Professor Ramses A. Wessel - University of Twente  (Netherlands). Visiting Professor from 14/03/2016 to 15/04/2016

Prof. Ramses A. Wessel will join the department of Legal Studies to carry out research in the area of International and European law and in particular on the interface between the two legal frameworks. In doing so, he will participate in ongoing research projects at the Chair of Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro on International and European Law. Prof. Wessel will also hold a class on the relationship between international and European law. Furthermore, he will be involved, together with Prof. Cannizzaro and his team, in establishing a new international journal on issues of European integration, called European Papers (

Web: Professor Rameses A. Wessel


Professor Juergen Garche – University of Ulm (Germany). Visiting Professor from 14/03/2016 to 11/04/2016

Professor Juergen Garche, invited by Professor Navarra Maria Assunta, will spend one month at the Department of Chemistry. Prof. Garche’s research will focus on the field of Li-ion batteries, fuel cells and especially PEM-electrolyzers. He will examine external cation into the PE membrane as main aging process and then also the mechanically stability of the membrane, which is to be improved by reinforcement with organic oxides like TiO2. Furthermore, Prof. Garche will give seminars for the Research group and also for the Chemical Department and external guests from other scientific organizations. After these seminars an overview paper about Post Li-ion batteries will be also prepared.


Professor Christina Christie -  University of California, Los Angeles (USA). Visiting Professor from 28/03/2016 to 22/04/2016
Professor Christina Christie, invited by Professor Veronica Lo Presti, will spend one month at the Department of Communication and Social Research. Professor Christie will lecture on issues related to evaluation theory, policy use and communication. She will collaborate with Professor Lo Presti, investigate the various ways in which evaluation may influence policy, and discuss issues related to how to create sound and just policies of evaluation.

Professor Amy Ferketich - The Ohio State University College of Public Health (USA). Visiting Professor from 01/04/2016 to 30/04/2016

Prof. Ferketich will join Sapienza to collaborate with Prof. Maria Caterina Grassi of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology on a project involving pilot testing and evaluating an online module on tobacco dependence treatment. During her stay, Prof. Ferketich and Prof. Grassi will perform a pre-test on volunteer medical students, ask them to complete the modules, and then perform the post-test. Additionally, they will perform one-on-one qualitative interviews with the students to get feedback on the training session. The project could positively affect public health in Italy by better training medical students to deliver tobacco dependence treatment to their patients. 

Web: Professor Amy Ferketich


Professor Michel Beine – University of Luxembourg. Visiting Professor from 02/04/2016 to 02/05/2016

Professor Michel Beine, invited by Prof. Marilena Giannetti, will spend one month at the Department of Economics and Law. The aims of the research project conducted in collaboration with Prof. Giannetti are to investigate whether an “optimal” equilibrium size of migrants’ network exists and to evaluate econometrically the elasticity of migration flows to the network size. To these aims we will proceed in two steps: first, we will formalize a theoretical model; second, we will test the predictions of the model itself with a gravity model.
Web: Professor Michel Beine


Prof.ssa Marcos – Universidad de Cantabria (Spain). Visiting Professor from 06/04/2016 to 06/07/2016

Professor Marcos, invitated by Professor Tessa Cannella, will be visiting professor at the Department of History, Cultures, Religions. Professor Marcos, during her stay at Sapienza, will deal with research activities on History of ancient religions, focusing particularly on the theme “Sacred spaces and religious conflicts”.

Web: Prof.ssa Marcos


Prof. Jorge Fornet – Casa de las Américas (Cuba). Visiting Professor from 15/04/2016 to 15/05/2016

Professor Fornet, hosted by Professor Stefano Tedeschi, will spend one month at the Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies. Professor Fornet will collaborate on research themes dealing with contemporary latin-american fiction. He will hold two lectures on the area of interest “Paths of hispano-american plurality” and will also meet students working on thesis regarding Cuba. 


Professor Jan Opsomer – KU Leuven (Belgium). Visiting Professor from 01/05/2016 to 31/05/2016

Professor Jan Opsomer, invited by Prof. Emidio Spinelli, will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy. Professor Opsomer conducts research in the domain of ancient philosophy, more in particular natural philosophy in late Antiquity (Commentators on Plato and Aristotle) and the history of Platonism. He moreover works on methodological issues connected to the study of the history of philosophy.
Web: Professor Jan Opsome


Professor Jorge Viñuales – University of Cambridge (UK). Visiting professor from 01/05/2016 to 30/05/2016

Prof. Viñuales, invited by Professors Enzo Cannizzaro and Beatrice Bonafè, will spend one month at Sapienza Department of Political Sciences. During his stay, prof. Viñuales will be giving a series of lectures on international investment law and climate change regulation.


Professor Stephen Russell – University of Texas at Austin (USA). Visiting Professor from 01/05/2016 to 01/07/2016
Professor Russell, invited by Professor Roberto Baiocco, will spend two months at the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology. During his stay, Professor Russell will conduct research on homophobic bullying by analyzing the Italian context and suggesting ways of contrasting this phenomenon. Prof Russell will also hold lectures on aspects of academic/professional careers in the  United States. He will address professional topics related to academic careers and discuss how to search and apply for postdoctoral fellowships, academic tenure-track positions, as well as non-academic jobs.
Professor Oreste Acuto – University of Oxford (United Kingdom). Visiting Professor from 01/05/2016 to 29/05/2016
Professor Acuto will collaborate with the Department of Chemistry to develop a project with Dr. Marco D'Abramo. Dr. D'Abramo is a specialist of protein molecular dynamics by all-atom simulation. His recent work has focused on the "activation" dynamic of protein kinases. Prof. Acuto’s group studies the structure-function relationship of the T cell-specific kinase LCK via molecular and cellular experimental tools. The two professors have collaborated on this subject during the past year, genereting interesting data that could lead to the conception of new specific LCK inhibitors. During his visit in May 2016, they will discuss how to further develop this research. Prof Acuto will also hold several lectures and seminars on Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology with graduate students and scientists at the University of Rome.

Professor Augusto Cerqua – University of Westminster (UK). Visiting Professor from 09/05/2016 to 31/12/2016

Professor Augusto Cerqua, invited by professor Guido Pellegrini, will spend 8 months at the Department of Social and Economic Sciences. He will collaborate with professor Pellegrini and will teach two modules for PhD students of Economics and Statistics.


Professor Daniele Cozzoli - Pompeu Fabra University (Spain). Visiting Professor from 10/05/2016 to 10/08/2016

Professor Daniele Cozzoli, invited by Prof. Mauro Capocci, will spend three months at the Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies. The aim of the research project conducted in collaboration with professor Capocci is to investigate the relationship between the biomedical sciences and the evolution of the Italian colonial discourse in the transition from Liberal Italy to Fascism. They will be focusing on how the colonial policies of the fascist regime influenced the Italian tropical medicine.

Web: Professor Daniele Cozzoli


Professor R. Nicholas Carleton - University of Regina (Canada). Visiting professor from 01/06/2016 to 30/06/2016
Prof. Carleton will spend one month at Sapienza Department of Social and Developmental Psychology. During his stay, he will collaborate with prof. Marco Lauriola on researching the construct Intolerance of Uncertainty. Intolerance of Uncertainty is of increasing interest as a transdiagnostic construct for anxiety and mood disorders. It is also considered important for personality, development, and evolutionary psychology.


Professor Yves Charles Zarka - Université Paris Descartes- Sorbonne (France). Visiting Professor from 01/06/2016 to 30/06/2016

Professor Yves Charles Zarka, invited by Prof. Stefano Petrucciani, will spend one month at the Department of Philosophy. Professor Zarka will focus on research activities regarding figures of political theology in the modern era. In particular, he will examine and focus on four authors that have different positions on this matter:  Hobbes, Pascal, Spinoza e Rousseau. 


Professor Antonio Abbate - Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). Visiting professor from 03/06/2016 to 03/07/2016
Prof. Abbate was invited as visiting professor by prof. Biondi-Zuccai at the Department of Medico-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies. For the duration of his stay, prof. Abbate’s research will focus on the role of multiple medical parameters on cardiosphere-derived cell features, in order to identify predictive clinical parameters for optimal cardiosphere-derived cell preparation. Particular attention will be given to the effects of modulating beta-signaling on the regenerative and inflammatory-modulation potential of cardiosphere-derived cells in vitro and in vivo.


Professor Laura Sterponi – University of California, Berkeley. Visiting Professor from 15/06/2016 to 15/07/2016
Prof. Laura Sterponi will join the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology for one month. During her stay, she will collaborate with Prof. Cristina Zucchermaglio on a project addressing how literacy practices mediate doctor-patient interaction in oncology visits. In particular, they will consider traditional textual practices that persist in the current digital era. The insight that will result from their analysis may guide a principled integration of the new and the old for the benefit of both doctor and patient. 
Professor Fengyan Shi - University of Delaware (United States). Visiting professor from 16/06/2016 to 16/07/2016

Prof. Fengyan Shi will join the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering for one month. During his stay he will collaborate with Profs. Gallerano and Cannata to develop a 3D non-hydrostatic model in generalized curvilinear coordinates.

Prof. Sybille Frank - Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).  Visiting Professor from 25/06/2016 to 25/07/2016
Prof. Sybille Frank will spend one month at the Department of Social Sciences to conduct research on urban sociology together with Dr. Rossana Galdini. 

Professor Silvia Caro Spinel – Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). Visiting professor from 01/09/2016 to 30/11/2016

Prof. Caro Spinel will spend 3 months at Sapienza Department of Civil Engineering. During her stay, prof. Caro Spinel will collaborate with prof. Antonio D’Andrea on a research involving the recycling of material for pavement structures.


Professor Mario Carretero – Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Visiting professor from 01/09/2016 to 30/11/2016

Prof. Mario Carretero will join Sapienza for 3 months to collaborate with prof. Giovanna Leone on a research dealing with history education and the construction of representations on colonialism. The study will address the following research questions:
1) How do master narratives of the history of colonization relate to its representation in different parts of the world (former colonizer versus colonized countries)? The aim is to study the representation of colonization as a fundamental historical process.
2) How does generational transmission affect master narrative representation? The aim is to investigate how generational transmission affects the interiorization process of historical narratives.


Prof. Willi Semmler - New School for Social Research (United States). Visiting Professor from 01/09/2016 to 31/12/2016.

Professor Willi Semmler, invited by Professor Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, will be visiting professor at the Department of Economics and Law. Professor Semmler will focus on research activities regarding macroeconomics of the euro zone, financial and real interaction, econometric models of exchange rates, economic cycles, empiric macroeconomics, macroeconomics of the EU and USA, monetary and fiscal policies, financial markets and financial economy, economics and global warming policies.

Web: Prof. Willi Semmler


Professor Johannes (John) Duamy - Macquarie University (Australia). Visiting Professor from 04/09/2016 to 07/10/2016 

Professor John Duamy will spend one month at the Department of Law and Economics of Productive Activities. Professor Duamy, who has already collaborated with Sapienza in the past, during his visit will collaborate with Professor Stefano Fontana and with the colleagues and students of the department, on research activities aimed at the publication of scientific articles on international journals.

Professor Michael Hogg – Claremont Graduate University (United States of America). Visiting Professor from 11/09/2016 to 11/10/2016

Professor Michael Hogg, invited by Professor Lucia Mannetti, will spend one month at the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology. Professor Hogg will collaborate with Professor Mannetti in order to develop specific research projects, publications and grant proposals. The two specific lines of research that will be pursued regard on one hand political participation and on the other hand identity uncertainty and need for cognitive closure.

Web: Prof. Michael Hogg


Professor Johan Aart Van der Schee – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Visiting professor from 13/09/2016 to 14/10/2016

Professor Johan Aart Van der Schee, invited by professor Gino De Vecchis, will spend one month at the Department of Document Studies, Linguistics and Geography. Professor Van der Schee will conduct research about the use of GIS in Geography Education at different levels and about the awareness of young people about natural risks. Both will result in joint publications. In addition, Professor Van der Schee will teach some masterclasses for Sapienza’s students and PhD students and participate in a conference with exponents of Italian environmental institutions and in the AIIG conference.


Professor Malgorzata Sacha – Jagiellonian University (Poland)

Visiting professor from 17/09/2016 to 17/12/2016

Professor Malgorzata Sacha, invited by Professor Raffaele Torella, will spend three months at the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. During her research stay, Professor Sacha will focus on gynephobia in the Hindu cultural context. From a medical point of view gynephobia is an abnormal, irrational and persistent fear of women. In her recent book on this subject professor Sacha argues that the fear of woman, far from being just a clinical symptom, is a common cultural construct that cut across the most salient symbolic and social representations of a cultural self.


Professor Begoña Serrano Lanzarote – University of Valencia (Spain). Visiting Professor from 01/10/2016 to 31/10/2016

Professor Begoña Serrano Lanzarote, invited by Professor Eugenio Arbizzani, will spend one month at the Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture. Prof. Serrano Lanzarote will focus on research on energy retrofit of schools in following issues: characterization of the most representative building, identification of the systems about facades and roofs, analysis of energy consumption. Professor will use proposed strategies in order to improve these buildings with different intervention scenarios. Moreover, prof. Serrano Lanzarote will propose a roadmap for energy retrofit of these buildings.


Professor Selena Millares Martín - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

Visiting professor from 01/10/2016 to 01/11/2016

Professor Selena  Millares Martín, invitated by Professor Chiara Bolognese, will spend one month at the Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies. She will give a conference on Art and Literature of the Latinamerican Vanguard for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and various lectures on contemporary Chilean poetry. In addition, she will participate in the “Chilean Studies Day” on October 21st, and she will carry out research activities within the Puccini archive collection of Monteverdi library, where she will focus on the Caribbean journals archive, a field of research strictly connected to the department that hosts her.

Website: Professor Selena Millares Martín


Professor Claude Lefèvre – Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Visiting professor from 15/10/2016 to 15/11/2016

Professor Claude Lefèvre, invited by Professor Raimondo Manca, will spend on month at the Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance. Prof. Lefèvre’s field of research is in applied probability and actuarial sciences. It covers epidemic and insurance risk modelling, theory of stochastic orders and dependences, probability and stochastic processes, families of polynomials. His main purpose is to develop a collaboration with Prof. Manca in mathematical risk theory, on different topics in (non)-life insurance.

Website: Professor Claude Lefèvre


Professor Gilbert Kirsch – Université de Lorraine (France)

Visiting professor from 17/10/2016 to 17/11/2016

Professor Kirsch, invited by Professor Antonello Mai, will spend one month at the Department of Chemistry and Technology of Drugs. An active collaboration exists between the group in Metz lead by Professor Kirsch, Professors Mai and Ragno and Dr Valente. This collaboration was reinforced by Erasmus exchanges concerning students and professors. The scientific part of the collaboration concerns the synthesis, the biological evaluation and QSAR modelisation of heterocyclic compounds mainly focused on anticancer activity. A certain number of publications concerning this subject have appeared already.